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Saturday, December 6, 2008

APQG

I went to my first Auckland Patchwork and Quilters Guild meeting today.. that was fun.. different, but good, I want to try and take Davina along next time.. and see if Jo will be there t0o.. but the next one is not til February..

I took some books out of their library.. it is awesome.. I'll have to do some serious photocopying at work over the next little while.

And it is only $40 to join up, and the ladies are soo lovely, the hostesses with their yellow sash.. how cute is that! they were so excited to see a new face and i never felt like I was not good enough to be there.

I have about 4-5 pairs of pants to take the hem up on before i can continue with the fun stuff.. so i had better get those done tomorrow.

now Stew and I are going to put up our Christmas Tree :) i'l have to start on a Christmas Tree skirt! watch out!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tea for two

Teaspoons are officially my new best friend.. it makes quilting so much easier, don't know why I didn't use them before.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Lake House is my new favourite movie!

Okay, so I claim I don't like "chick flicks". And technically I don't... at least not the hollywood-sweet as cotton candy-or god awfully predictable Julia Roberts style "Romantic Comedies".

But this one has caught me.. and so I might be biased, I like both Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. And although the continuity of suggested time lapse might not be everyone's cup of tea, it tugs a heart string in me.

And as it plays - while I am writing this (quite fitting, no?) - I'll use this (dare I say it) chick flick to boost me up a notch or two on the girly scale

oh.. and did I mention she drives a mustang? ;)

Some of my favourite things...

This is a few scans of some of the sketches and paintings I have done. The ones I am proud enough to show in public anyway!

This my "Drakon" he was done in 1999, I copied him off an illustration.. for the life of me I have never been able to track it down again.


This is "Girl" she was done in 2003

This is a view from the window when we lived at Roseburn I did this one in 2003 also


This is rosebud from a block of roses I did in 2005

Baby Quilt

I thought I would put on one of my projects I finished a little over a year ago for a friend. She helped to design it and I put it together.. I really like how it turned out, but I think I might not be making one so detailed for a little while!

Here are some pics...


This is the cot quilt:

This is the floor quilt:

These are a couple of close ups:





On the floor quilt I put some bells in the stuffed parts of some of the little critters. As baby is getting older she is enjoying them more and more. Great to see!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fabric Coasters for Mother's Day

http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html

I came across this post yesterday while searching for something easy but cool I could quickly make for the 4 Mothers that would be going to the Mothers Day lunch (today). I knew it would be one of my last minute, "I want to do something crafty that will probably take longer than I thought it would but I really hope it turns out okay" moments..

This turned out to be the score of the century.. it is a great little pattern, really easy.. I had a problem with a funny fabric I had, it works best with plain cotton or non-stretch.

Great for presents, I ended up taking about an hour to make 4.. cutting takes most of the time. Maybe longer if you want to be a bit more finicky. I made 16 in total 4 different designs to suit each Mum.

A good way to spend the afternoon.

Painting: "Going Home"

This is my latest painting I finished it a couple of weeks ago..
It is also my largest painting to date.



This is an acrylic on canvas.. measuring about 800mm wide and 700mm high.

It is based on a photo I took when I visited Western Australia about 2 and a half years ago.
I went back to where I was born in Carnarvon (I was 6 weeks old when my family came back to NZ). We were staying in Monkey Mia, just a little way out of Denham. This photo was taken coming back from Carnarvon on the way to the Monkey Mia resort. I call it "Going Home" because we were nearly at the end of our holiday (most of which we spent in Perth) and although I have some roots in WA, my home is in NZ.


These are some close ups of the painting.

Here I used some pumice and small landscaping pebbles from Bunnings and PVA glued (and coated) them to the cavas before painting over them



This is a close up of the pebbles, I used a couple of shades of grey to bring out the road texture



This is some of the grass along the roadside, I used a mix of colours on a rigger brush (a very thin long bristled brush)



This is close up of some of the bushes at the horizon line, I think these could have been done a bit better, but it looks fine from far away



I actually used Dulux testpots, I like these because I can choose colours and have a good amount, it also means I can order the colour again if I need more. Of course mixing does occur either on the brush or canvas once I get into the swing of things. I just find test pots easier to manage when I might not finish a painting all in one go. I means I dont have to remember my exact recipe.

I have since given it one coat of polyurethane and want to do at least one more before I decide what to do with it.


This is the photo that the painting was done from:


MelsArt

Well, this is my first post on my first blog so we'l see how it all goes..

I thought I would start by loading up some photos of my paintings/sketches, later on I'l add some photographs I'v taken and when I'm really organised I will have a go at including some of the crafty things I get up to.. quilting and sewing mostly.
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